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Old 02-25-2013, 08:56 PM   #61
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We have two "frogs" going down to the keys May 15-22. We are booked at Blue Water Key. Our friend has a Lexington and we have a Solera. Coming from New Orleans. Looking forward to it as well!!!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:31 PM   #62
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As others have mentioned, I highly recommend Big Pine Key as the people, the entertainment and the location were tops! Great area to watch the sunrise. The price wasn't bad for the area too. They had a great little grocery store in the park that had fresh lettuce and other vegetables and nothing was overpriced like you generally see in these stores. I made my way down to Key West (stayed at Boyds...overpriced but it was close to Key West) and wished I had just explored Big Pine Key more because there was a whole other side! If I go back during warmer weather (was there end of this Jan.) I would go to Bahia Honda State Park as I have read that they have some of the best snorkeling...next time! Have fun and at least visit Big Pine Key....it is really special.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:47 AM   #63
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Wonder how Iggy is doing, should be about finished with his trip. Any updates?
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:07 PM   #64
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Iggy, I am a proud native Floridian and wish I was a native Conch too, but alas. Anyway, I go to the Keys often and if you have never been a trip to Key West is nice, but over rated in my book. Bahia Honda State Park is awesome and even better if you have your own boat as I do. I spend most of my time from Bahia Honda SP to Key Largo. Most of the Coral Reefs are in the upper Keys and can be accessed nicely by renting your own boat at John Pennekamp State Park. When we go to the Keys we either stay at Bahia Honda or Pennekamp as a basecamp.

Food, down near Vaca Key, aka City of Marathon I have two place I enjoy. The Sunset Grill on the south side of US 1 at the foot of the 7 Mile Bridge. Bring your baithing suit as they have pool and the food is pretty darn good. The other place for decent bbq and the best darn fried Key Lime Pie is this bbq place. They have a pink pig on a sign and they are on the north side of US 1 just about 1/2 mile before the 7 Mile Bridge.

On Key Largo I like this place called Sundowners and the mahi mahi there is always done well and there is another seafood place near the Yellow Bait Store which is nice too...i think it is called the fish house or something. I have eaten at Key West and nothing sticks out as exceptional. Then again, other than the architecture, I am not a fan of the place.

climate..in the Keys in June you can expect temps in the 80s..no duh, and daily doses of liquid sunshine too. June is one the best times to go as water clarity is often the best in June as cold fronts tend to be gone by then. I would highly suggest renting a boat at John Pennekamp State Park as getting to the reefs is easy from there and navigation is relatively simple. We are contemplating a June Keys trip this year but since we often tow our boat with one car and the camper with the other it gets expensive to go there. The reality of it for me to go to the Keys without my boat is nonsense -lol, so we may go and rent a house to save the gas money of towing two rigs this year because the boat aint staying home. I love to fish and spend time on the reefs. If you have sit on top kayaks the Keys is a great place to adventure. we have even paddled out to a nearshore reef in Islamadora called Hens and Chickens with our kayaks. hope this gives you some nuggets for your trip planning. Tight lines and calm seas....
Hello. I see your a Floridian. I lived in DeLand for some years until I moved north for a job. I have never been to the keys though. I am looking forward to my 1st trip there w/DH. Can you recommend good RV campgrounds and the best beaches in key west for swimming? That's what I love when we're in Fla., is the ocean swimming on the gulf side and relaxing in the sun on the sand. I can't wait to visit this special place. Thank you for any help you can give us.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:12 PM   #65
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Bluewater Key just above Key West is one of the most luxurious spots I have ever see. You have your own dock and Tiki Hut with fridge and bar. Right on the gulf with landscaping between each hut. Heaven . www.bluewaterkey.net
Close enough for restaurants and water sports galore. Full hookups for motorhome A and C's.
Unfortunately, we have a tt and are unable to stay at bluewater key. Do you know of any other rv campgrounds that are priced right to stay in the keys? Thank you for your help.
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I have only camped in the state parks down there or have stayed in some resort places. I am sorry I don't have any solid suggestions for private RV parks. We are headed down there in June for 2 weeks and we will be at Pennekamp. Beaches are few as the islands are surrounded by mangroves. Pennekamp has a beach Long Key has a beach, Bahia Honda has a great beach and then Key West has a beach. I lived in Orange City before moving to the Smokies. You can send me a pm and I will be happy to share my take on the Keys.
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The beaches at Key West are not typical sandy and large. More like rocky on shore and rocky in the water. KW spends millions to bring in sand on barges from off shore reefs as their Atlantic facing beaches erode away quickly. However, their is a quaint (rocky) beach at the navel base that's available for the public. Nice picnic areas and sun bath on large rocks. It is nice, but again not the kind of beach FL is known for.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:35 PM   #68
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When do we get to hear what the secret location is?!

We're staying at Curry Hammock, very close to that mile marker!
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Just got back from KW about a week or so ago. Stayed at Boyd's which is about 4 miles from KW. A little pricy but worth the money. Stayed there because we don't tow and friends have a condo there. They would pick us up and we would walk around KW. Had a great time. If you ask around, you can get coupons for Conch Republic Restaurant and you can get 2 for 1 margaritas.
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The beaches at Key West are not typical sandy and large. More like rocky on shore and rocky in the water. KW spends millions to bring in sand on barges from off shore reefs as their Atlantic facing beaches erode away quickly. However, their is a quaint (rocky) beach at the navel base that's available for the public. Nice picnic areas and sun bath on large rocks. It is nice, but again not the kind of beach FL is known for.
Can the public camp at the navel base? Oh, and what's the name of the base? Thanks
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